Answering questions about vaccine purgatory

People wearing scrubs look at sheets of paper
Employees at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center gather for a briefing before administering the first shots of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday in St. Cloud, Minn.
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In Minnesota, front-line workers and people who live in long-term care facilities are already being vaccinated — just weeks after Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines received emergency use authorization. It’s a hopeful moment after months of death, disease and restrictions.

But it will take months for the vaccines to be distributed widely, leading to a sort of vaccine purgatory. Who will get vaccinated next? How long will we be wearing masks? How protected are you after you get vaccinated? Will children get the vaccine?

Every Monday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller covers the latest in pandemic science. This week we tackled your practical questions about what happens next with the COVID-19 vaccine. 


  • Dr. Kelly Moore is the associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition.

  • Dr. Lee Riley is chair of the Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. 

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